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2011 Destinations: Get an Ethiopian Visa for an African Adventure

by David Pacella | January 8th, 2011

Where are you going to go in 2011? If you’re looking for an adventure, why not visit Ethiopia? Gadling just named it one of the top adventure travel destinations of 2011. Here’s why:

“The country is rich in history and culture and offers plenty of options for the active traveler as well. I recommend trekking the Simien Mountains, where you’ll encounter packs of rock climbing baboons en route to the medieval fortress of Gondar or make the journey to Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile.”

That’s a great rundown of some of Ethiopia’s highlights! For more ideas on what to do in Ethiopia, see 5 Reasons to Get an Ethiopian Visa.

If you’re an American citizen, you do need a visa to enter Ethiopia. Technically, you can get one when you arrive at the airport. However, the US Department of State “strongly advises” you to get one before you leave the country, saying “In some cases, U.S. tourist and business travelers have not been permitted to receive visas at Bole International Airport or have been significantly delayed.” Probably best to plan ahead and avoid that particular “adventure.”

Also, keep in mind that visas on arrival are only available at Bole International Airport. If you’re crossing into Ethiopia by land from a neighboring country, you need to get your visa ahead of time.

Here’s what you need to apply for an Ethiopian visa:

  • 1 completed Ethiopian visa application form
  • 1 passport-sized photo of yourself
  • A copy of your round-trip itinerary
  • Your US passport

RushMyTravelVisa can help you apply for an Ethiopian visa in advance. We’ll review your itinerary to make sure you have all the documents you need for your journey. Then, we’ll guide you through the application process step-by-step, helping you to avoid common mistakes that could lead to your visa application being delayed. We’ll also expedite your Ethiopian visa with the embassy for the fastest possible processing.

Need an Ethiopian visa? Let us help!

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